Sunday, December 14, 2014

Notice for Central Executive Committee (CEC) Meeting at Kolkata on 13th & 14th of February 2015


Ref. No. AICEIA/ADMIN/2014/34                                                                              Dated 14.12.2014

Notice for Central Executive Committee (CEC) Meeting at Kolkata on 13th & 14th of February 2015


            Notice is hereby issued for the meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association to be held on 13th & 14th of February 2015 at Kolkata.

            The Meeting shall commence at 10:00 AM sharp on 13.02.2015 and conclude by 05:00 PM on 14.02.2015.

Agenda
1.      Presidential Address
2.      Reading and confirmation of the minutes of the XVIII th Convention held at Trivandrum, Kerala on 27th & 28th June,  2014.
3.      Tabling of Action Taken Report (ATR) by the Secretary General.
4.      Discussion on ATR.
5.      Fixing of Date and Venue of the next Meeting of the CEC of AICEIA.
6.      Any other items with the permission of the Chair


            The Venue of the Central Executive Committee Meeting shall be informed very soon, once it is confirmed by the Kolkata Circle of the AICEIA.

 Note:-
1.      Each Branch/Circle is hereby requested to submit details of their accounts, which may kindly be sent to the Secretary General/President by e-mail by 10.01.2015 in order to enable incorporation of the same in the Action Taken Report to be presented by the Secretary General.

2.      Confirmation of attendance and details of arrival and departure of All India Office Bearers and all CEC Members (Name, Mobile No., Post held in Circle/Branch/Unit) who shall be attending the said meeting may please be made by the concerned Branch/Circle Secretary to the following Members latest by 10.01.2015:-

i.   Com. Smarjit Bandopadhyay, Email- amismarajit@yahoo.co.in, Mobile-09831527312
ii.  Com. Devesh Sanker Srivastava, Email-devesh07@rediffmail.com, Mobile-09163783370
iii. Com. Abhishek Chakraborty, Email-abhishek.irs@gmail.com, Mobile- 09830410199

3.  All Circles/Branches/Units desirous of participating in the meeting of the CEC are required to email latest by 10.01.2015 at sgaiceia@gmail.com, abhishekkamal@gmail.com and anupamneeraj@rediffmail.com, the information in the appended format for proper maintenance and updating of records and accounts.  Please realize that this is of utmost importance and an absolute precondition for effective participation in the Meeting.

4.  All Office Bearers of the Central Committee elected at Trivandrum Convention are required to send by  10.01.2015 at above e-mail ids a comprehensive account of all major initiatives, meetings and tours undertaken by them including drives to enhance membership and strengthen organization at the grassroots level, and all significant engagements with the Departmental Authorities, Sister Organizations, Confederation etc. during 28.06.2014 to 31.12.2014.

5.  Any Circle/Branch/Unit desirous of sponsoring any resolution in the meeting may send a draft of the same with brief explanatory notes to the President and Secretary General latest by 10.01.2015.


                                    (Abhishek Kamal)
Secretary General
Copy to:-
1.      The President, All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association for favour of information.
2.      All members of the Central Executive Committee of AICEIA
3.      President and General Secretary, All Branches/Circles/Units of the AICEIA.

                              Secretary General


Information in respect of Circle/Branch/Unit of participating in Meeting of CEC at Kolkata on 13th & 14th February 2015

[ Annexure as per Notice dated 14.12.2014]

To be mailed latest by 10.01.2015 at sgaiceia@gmail.com, abhishekkamal@gmail.com and anupamneeraj@rediffmail.com

1
Name of the Circle/Branch/Unit


2
Full Postal Address for Correspondence








Website/Blogspot/Facebook Page/Email id of Circle/Branch/Unit

3
Secretary:

Cell No.

email-

4
President:

Cell No.

email-

5
Area  and  formations covered by the Unit
[State(s) and/or Zones(s) ; Commissionerate(s)etc.]



6
Date since when present Committee has been in office

7
Date when last Elections held


8
Due date for next Elections


9
If due date elapsed, reasons for delay in holding elections, and date by when elections will be positively conducted



10
Total Working Strength of Inspectors of Central Excise on 31.12.2014 in the Formations claimed to be represented by the Unit


11
Total Membership  on 31.12.2014 in the Formations claimed to be represented by the Unit


12
Details of DDO Certificates submitted by the Unit



No.

Period to which it pertains

No. of members in respect of whom DDO Certificates  not submitted







13

During  FY   2014-15

New members enrolled


Membership Admission fee collected from them


Amount remitted to  All India Body  on above account:


Amount received as subscription from members


Amount remitted to All India Body as its share on above account


Any expenses incurred on behalf of All India Body (With full details )

14

During  June 2014 to December 2014

No. of new members enrolled


Membership Admission fee collected from them


Amount remitted to  All India Body  on above account


Amount received as subscription from members


Amount remitted to All India Body as its share  on above account


Any expenses incurred on behalf of All India Body (With full details )


Note – A list of all office bearers of the Circle/ Branch/ Unit along with their Cell Nos. & email Ids. may also be appended to this format duly filled in.

Date:-
Circle/ Branch/ Unit:-
Name & Signature

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Strengthening Organization at Grass Root Level: Visit of National Office Bearers at Gujarat & Mumbai


With a view to strengthen Organization at all India level and to facilitate the interaction with the members at grass root level, it has been decided that All India Office-Bearers of AICEIA shall visit the Commissionerates on pan India basis and to start with, the Commissionerates of Gujarat have been selected. In this regard, the undersigned along with the National Vice-President (Representing West Zone) will be on a tour of Commissionerates of Gujarat for the next few days to meet and interact with the Inspectors of Central Excise posted in Gujarat Region. The detailed tour programme is as follows:-

Meeting at Ahmedabad (for Inspectors of Ahmedabad-I, II & III, Audit Commissionerate-I & II, Service Tax Commissionerate, CCO & Commissioner (Appeals), A’bad, DGCEI, DRI etc.): 11:00 am to 01:30 pm on 06.12.2014 

Venue: Seminar Hall, Central Excise Bhawan, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad

For further details contact Com Sanjiv Kinker & Com Manoj Kumar Singh at their Cell Nos. +91-9638986918 & +91-9904713348 respectively.


Meeting at Surat (for Inspectors of Surat-I, Surat-II, Bharuch & Audit Commissionerate, Commissioner (Appeals) and Surat Customs, DRI, SEZ & DGCEI): 10:30 am to 12:45 pm on 07.12.2014

Venue: Conference Hall, New Central Excise Building, Gandhibaug, Surat

For further details contact Com Rajesh Meena at his Cell No. +91-9924716916

Meeting at Vapi (for Inspectors of Daman, Silvassa, Valsad, Audit Commissionerate, DGCEI, DRI etc.): 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm on 07.12.2014

Venue: Ground Floor, Adarshdham Building, Daman Road, Vapi.            

For further details contact Com Uday Singh Meena at his Cell No. +91-8155023686

The entire programme in Gujarat shall be co-ordinated by Com Rananjay Pratap Singh, National Vice-President (Representing West Zone). All the members of AICEIA are requested to participate in these programmes to strengthen the Organization. The Branch/Unit/Circle Office-Bearers of Gujarat are hereby requested to give wide publicity to the aforesaid programmes in their respective regions so as to facilitate healthy & fruitful interaction of National Office-Bearers with the esteemed members. Due to some constraints, the Commissionerates and offices falling within Saurashtra & Kutch Region of Gujarat are not being covered this time, but very soon, the National Office-Bearers shall visit these Commissionerates & offices and shall interact with the respected members of AICEIA working in these areas.

Further, Meetings/Interaction pragramme is also being scheduled at Mumbai on 10.12.2014.  The detail of the venue will be intimated soon.  For detailed information, contact Com Rajesh Kumar, Organizing Secretary on his Cell No. +91-9693926821 & +91-7303722120.

With best wishes on 130th birth anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India.


Yours fraternally,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our reply on "Guidelines for wearing uniforms by CBEC officers"

F. No. AICEIA/HRD/Uniform/2014/31                                                  Date: 28.11.2014

To
The Additional Director General (HRM)
Directorate General of Human Resource Development,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
409/8, Deep Shikha, Rajendra Place,
New Delhi-110008.

Sub:-Guidelines for Uniform for various Group ‘A', 'B' & 'C' grades-reg.

Madam,         
            Please refer to your letter F. No. 8/B/90/HRD (HRM)/2011 (Part-I)/4854 dated 21.10.2014 vide which our views were sought on Ministry's letter F. No. C.30013/11/2011 Ad.IVA dated 02.08.2013. 
            On going through Ministry's above mentioned letter dated 02.08.2014, it has been found that the Board is going to make it compulsory to  wear uniforms at all times on duty.  We do not think that this move will yield any result for the department.  Madam, it is long-time demand of the All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association to abolish Uniform.  We had also requested vide our letter F. No. AICEIA/Merger/HRD/2012/03 dated 24.06.2014 (copy enclosed) to abolish Uniform and Control Room Duty.  We want the abolition of Uniform, because of the followings:-

1. Uniform is the legacy of "Tobacco-Era" Excise.  Progressive changes in Excise laws have rendered the Uniform useless in the field activities. The field operations in Central Excise are nothing but akin to that of the field operations in Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Directorate of Central Excise Anti Evasion, Central Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence Bureau. But out of all the above said organizations Central Excise alone is saddled with uniform. When the controls have shifted to an audit and intelligence gathering mode, Uniform is more of a hindrance than a matter of pride or a necessity for identification or protection. 

2. Due to tax reforms, neither the assessee requires attending the Central Excise Office nor the Officers require visiting the factory premises frequently.  The digitalization of the department left little space for interaction between the assessee and the Officers.  Hence, the uniform lost its relevancy.

3. Various powers provided to the departmental officers to visit factories and carry out frequent checks have been done away with and in this modern era even LTUs are functioning with officers only termed as “Executives”. So, calling for officers to be in uniform in the office throughout working hours is nothing but restoring “Inspector Raj”, which is very much against the policy of the Government.

4.  We are set to move into Good & Service Tax regime and we are supposed to be Central GST officers while the State Sales Tax officers would be State GST. When State GST officers would not be wearing uniform it would be ridiculous for the Central GST Officers who would be performing  the same function of Tax Collection but "wearing uniform". 
      Several expert bodies including the Kelkar Committee have recommended abolition of Uniform in Central Excise:- 
(a) The 5th CPC in Para 122.3; categorically recommended abolition of uniform for all categories of Central Government employees except;
“Security Staff, Police Personnel, Nurses and Railway employees other than Group ‘D’ Ministerial categories”.
(b) The Task Force on Indirect Taxes (Kelkar Committee), 2002, appointed by the Finance Minister vide Chapter 7; Para 6.11.1 (i) stated;
“(i) Central Excise officers should not be required to wear uniform. This would change the mindset on both side (Department and taxpayer) and contribute to freer communication.”

In view of above, it is once again submitted that the uniform in Central Excise Department is absolutely unnecessary, against the basic idea of liberalization and burden on government exchequer.  The uniform is not serving any purpose in collection of Central Excise Duty/Service Tax.  Hence, we do not offer any view on "Guidelines for wearing uniforms by CBEC officers", instead we request to abolish Uniform from Central Excise & Service Tax Department.

Yours faithfully,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General
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Newly elected Office Bearers of AICEIA, Shillong Circle

The General Body Meeting of All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association, Shillong Circle was held at Shillong on 28th November 2014.  Com. Rajashish Dutta, Joint Secretary (East Zone) attended the meeting on behalf of the National Body of AICEIA.  The General Body Meeting was conducted successfully and the following set of Office Bearers have been elected to serve the members of AICEIA, Shillong Circle:-

President                                              :    Com. Jogesh Singh Sain
General Secretary                                :    Com. S.K.Gangte
Vice President                                     :    Com. Jiban Singh
Joint Secretary 1                                 :    Com. Osoborne Kharjana               
Joint Secretary 2                                 :    Com. Apu Biswas
Treasurer                                             :     Com. Amrit Ghosh
Executive Members                            :     Com. Bharat Roy
                                                                  Com. Kapjalam
                                                                  Com. Moni Paul
                                                                  Com. S.k.Gareri
                                                                  Com.  T.Touthang
                                                                  Com.  Clara Nongrum                

Yours fraternally,


Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General    

Interim Executive Body of AICEIA, Hyderabad Branch

Due to promotion of majority of Office Bearers of AICEIA, Hyderabad Branch, an Interim Executive Body has been formed by the members of AICEIA, Hyderabad Branch at least for three months and the onus of forming permanent body will lies on them.  The following Office Bearers have been nominated by the members of  AICEIA, Hyderabad Branch  in Interim Executive Body to look after the day to day affairs of the Association as well as the issues related to the Cadre:-

1.     Sudesh Sinha, President
2.     V. Vishwanadham, General secretary
3.     Rakesh Kumar, Treasurer
4.     Rakesh Bagri, Vice President
5.     M. Vittal Rao, Vice President
6.     Ashwani Kumar, Vice President
7.     K. Raghu Rama Rao, Joint Secretary
8.     Chandan Pandey, Joint Secretary
9.     Nootan Saxena, Joint Secretary

Yours fraternally,


Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General    

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Letter to the Chairman, CBEC regarding Inordinate Delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries

F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/30                                                    Date: 18.11.2014                               

To
The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Inordinate delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries – reg.

Sir,
        
          At the very outset, we wish to make it clear that we do not support any officer who willingly violates the rules/regulations and indulge in corruption.  However, wherever disciplinary proceedings initiated by the department, it is imperative that the proceedings are carried out in an expeditious manner as  delay effects moral of the officer and the performance of the department as well.  Moreover, timely completion of Departmental/Vigilance proceedings is in the best interest of the both officer and the department.
         
        From  time  to  time,  the Government of  India has  issued executive  instructions  to  further  streamline  the  procedure  for Disciplinary/Vigilance  Inquiries  in conformity  with  judgments  of  the  High/Supreme  Court.  Nevertheless,  there continue  to  be  instances  of  inordinate  delay  in  the  disposal  of  such  disciplinary inquiries.  At present, hundreds of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries are lying pending in different Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise, which needs urgent disposal in accordance with the guidelines/norms/rules framed by CBEC, DoPT and CVC.  Time norms specified by CVC for conclusion of disciplinary proceedings must be followed in letter and spirit.
            
           Sir, your kind attention is invited to Central Vigilance Commission letter No. 000/VGL/18 dated 10.08.2004 regarding adherence to time limits in processing of disciplinary cases wherein it has been mentioned that "Delay in decision-making by authorities in processing of vigilance cases would also be construed as misconduct under the relevant Conduct Rules and would be liable to attract penal action.  All administrative authorities are requested to take note and strictly adhere to the prescribed schedule of time-limits in dealing with disciplinary cases.”

           We take this opportunity to request your good self to order to review the position of all pending cases of Vigilance angle and Non vigilance angle and direct all the concerned authorities to dispose off the cases in time bound manner that too taking logical, acceptable and warranted decision in the matter.
                  
              In view of the foregoing, I take this opportunity to request your good-self to  sensitize the Disciplinary Proceedings machinery so that it has a human face with the employees.  The role of the vigilance department should not be reduce but to enhance the       level of the managerial efficiency, skill and effectiveness in the organization.    It is also          requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Authorities in Central Excise to complete the Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings in time bound manner in accordance with various guidelines issued by the Government of India.
           
             Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General